Coronavirus update: Federal employees not vaccinated before October 29 will be put on unpaid leave



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  1. Federal officials, including the RCMP, who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 29 will be forced to take unpaid leave, government says
  2. Recurring patients: New data in Alberta shows about 80% of COVID-19 patients who have been hospitalized went to an emergency department within one month of discharge
  3. Are you soon thinking of the jet set? A journey into the era of the pandemic may come with a sticker shock

In the last seven days, 27,021 cases have been reported, decreasing 12 percent of the previous seven days. There was 297 deaths announced, on the rise 7 percent over the same period. At least 2500 people are treated in hospitals and 1,577,463 others are considered recovered.

The inoculation rate in Canada is 13th among countries with at least one million inhabitants.

Sources: Canada’s data is compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins, and the COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data is from Johns Hopkins University.

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Photo of the day

Protesters dance in an alleyway adorned with windmills that represent people who have died of COVID-19 at a commemorative event in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Infection rates and death toll are down in the country, but Brazil will hit 600,000 pandemic deaths in the coming days.

Andre Penner / The Associated Press

Coronavirus in Canada

  • Alberta hospitals are overwhelmed by readmissions of COVID-19 patients as new cases continue to rise. Alberta Health Services said statistics for July show an increasing number of recovering COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital have had to require additional treatment. The disastrous health situation in the province has also had repercussions in the North. Meanwhile, after insisting for weeks that measures in schools were adequate, the government reversed course on Tuesday and brought back contact tracing and exposure notification.
  • Manitoba will offer a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to all healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients in areas such as hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies and drug treatment centers. The province will also allow anyone who has received viral vector vaccines, such as Oxford-AstraZeneca, to get a third dose with an mRNA vaccine such as Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Health officials are asking residents to limit private gatherings indoors to 20 people for the next two weeks. The province has 132 active reported cases of COVID-19 and 14 people hospitalized.

Federal government advertised travelers boarding flights at Canadian airports and VIA Rail passengers must be fully immunized by November 30.

  • The implementation timeline was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alongside the government’s series of new vaccine mandates that will also apply to federal officials and employees in federally regulated industries.

New vaccine mandates: Federal officials who refuse to be vaccinated will be put on unpaid leave, the government says.

The Health Care Crisis in Canada: The president of the Canadian Medical Association says provincial governments are “enlightening” healthcare workers about the toll COVID-19 is taking on the healthcare system.

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Coronavirus and businesses

Where do the major central banks stand on the path to relaunching the pandemic era?

  • New Zealand’s central bank hiked interest rates on Wednesday for the first time in seven years, becoming the second major developed economy to hike rates and one of many to cut the strong stimulus triggered at the following the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem believes the economy is approaching the point where the central bank will no longer need to continue adding stimulus through quantitative easing.

Also today : The International Monetary Fund predicts that inflation will return to pre-pandemic levels by mid-2022, but supply risks could keep it high.

And: U.S. private sector wages most anticipated in September as COVID-19 cases begin to ease

Globe Reviews

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More reports

  • Watch: British Columbia’s public workers and long-term care workers need to get vaccinated
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  • Watch: Federal workers, air and rail travelers must get COVID-19 vaccine, Trudeau says

Information Center

  • Everything you need to know about travel restrictions in Canada for vaccinated and unvaccinated people
  • Waiting for a second dose? We answer your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine
  • What is “paid sick leave” and what is it not in Canada? A brief introduction
  • Do you have a vaccine hangover? here’s why

Sources: Canada’s data is compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins University and the COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data is from Johns Hopkins.

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